Health and Wellbeing Week 2019, 29 January - 3 February

This New Year Cheshire West and Chester Libraries are holding a Health and Wellbeing week with a range of activities to help improve your mental and physical well-being. The Library Service is teaming up with various partners to provide something for everyone. You’ll see Healthwatch, Healthbox, Motherwell. NatWest, Citizens Advice and the Macmillan team based at Brio, they’ll have an array of offers available throughout the week.

Take the opportunity this week to visit your local library and connect with other people at a coffee morning or reading group. Be active and try a Yoga taster session, or join a Greenspace Ranger walk. Take notice of the things around you and pick up a book on mindfulness, it’s a great way to unwind. It’s really important to keep learning and keep your brain active, why not find out more about family or local history. Even playing Scrabble is great for stimulating your brain. 

If you’ve got lots of free time why not consider volunteering, the Library Service has information on lots of different opportunities and it’s a great way to meet new people and feel valued.

There are lots of activities planned, all free, with more to be added throughout January. Here are the highlights to watch out for. Please contact your local library for the full list of their events. Please note that some events may require booking.

Monday 28 January

  • Defibrillator and emergency first aid training, 2.30-2.30pm - Barnton Library
  • Storytime with a dental theme, with toothbrushes donated by the local dentist, 3.30-4pm - Barnton Library
  • Read and Relax, a chance to join in on our regular reading group. Enjoy reading aloud with a book supplied by the Library, and unwind with some refreshments afterwards, 2-3.30pm, Northwich Library
  • Healthwatch, drop in advice and support session, 2-4pm, Frodsham Library
  • Rhymetime, fun for all our regular rhyme timers, 11am, Helsby Library
  • Adult craft and colouring group, come and join this sociable group and pick up a new skill whilst you're there, 10-11.30am, Neston Library
  • Adult Yoga session delivered by Healthbox in partnership with 'The Wellbeing High Street' booking essential, 10-11am, Ellesmere Port Library
  • Football4life drop in session promoting healthy living and weight loss through football delivered by Healthbox in partnership with ‘The Wellbeing High Street, 10-11am, Ellesmere Port Library
  • Digital buddy, need one to one I.T support? Help with an iPad, tablet or smart phone? Struggling with emails or downloading eBooks? Then book a session with our digital buddy, 3.30-5.30pm, Ellesmere Port Library
  • Coffee morning, come and reminisce with childhood memorabilia. Enjoy coffee, homemade cake and conversation while you travel down memory lane. Macmillan will also be on hand providing valuable health advice and information10am-12pm, Great Boughton Library
  • Motherwell, charitable organisation run by women for women who support mums at all stages of their motherhood journey, come along and have a chat, 10.30am, Winsford Library 
  • Rock and Roll rhymetime, fun for all our regular rhyme timers, 10.30-11am, Winsford Library
  • Healthwatch/Making space, drop in advice and support session and mindfulness colouring during our regular colouring club, 2-5pm, Winsford Library
  • Scrabble club,  join this regular activity which promotes mindfulness, 10am-12pm, Lache Library
  • Pop up Café with OPAL (Older People, Active Lives) Join OPAL, Healthwatch and Helsby's Wellbeing coordinator for a cuppa, cake and a chat.  Get health advice and find out what support is available in your local area, 10,30am-12pm, Helsby Library 
  • Greenspace Ranger walk, enjoy your lunchbreak and join a Greenspace Park Ranger for a mindfulness walk around one of Winsford's green spaces, 1-2pm, Winsford Library
  • Board games club , If you're aged between 4 and7 come and join in the fun after school and learn some new games, 3.30-5pm, Great Boughton Library
  • Digital Storytelling at Lego & Duplo club, drop-in building activities with animation, 3.30-4.30pm, Sandiway Library
  • Community sing along, did you know singing is a form of aerobic exercise? Library staff will lead you in singing a selection of popular easy listening songs. Come and join in or just listen, 2.15-3.15pm, Upton Library
  • Ancestry help and support, drop in and lose yourself in the past, track down a long lost ancestor using Ancestry.com, 10am-12pm, Weaverham Library
  • Knit and natter coffee afternoon, 2-4pm, Little Sutton Library
  • Storytime for the under 5’s. 10.15am and 1.15pm, Chester Library at Storyhouse
  • Adult Rummikub, a tile-based game for 2 to 11 players, combining elements of the card game rummy and mahjong. 2-4pm, Hope Farm Library
  • Children’s bedtime story, wear your PJs and bring your favourite toy along, 5.30-6pm, Hope Farm Library

Tuesday 29 January

  • Motherwell, charitable organisation run by women for women who support mums at all stages of their motherhood journey, come along and have a chat during rhymetime, 11-11.30am, Sandiway Library 
  • Energise Storytime, Story and Rhymes with a special guest visit from Brio bear. There will be plenty of actions and moves to work up an appetite have a go on the smoothie bike, 11-11.30am, Northwich Library
  • Tablet and Device Help Drop-in with NatWest and Scams Awareness, a chance to learn, discover and be empowered to make the most of your device. Meet staff from Nat West, with advice on how to be scam aware when online, 2-4pm, Northwich Library
  • Digital storytelling, have fun creating your own story with a digital app and watch it come to life, 3-4.30pm, Wharton Library
  • Rhymetime/storytime, a special treat for Health and Wellbeing week, as the local PCSO will be reading the stories and singing rhymes, 11.15-11.45am, Neston Library
  • Jigsaw club, come and unwind at our jigsaw club and enjoy a little mindfulness, 11am-12pm, Helsby Library
  • Burton and Neston History Society presents… The David Scott collection.  Come and view items from this wonderful collection and also learn about your local area with the Burton and Neston History Society.  Find out all about the society and what's involved in being a member, 2-5pm, Neston Library
  • Health and wellbeing display aimed at teenagers and adults with advice and support for long term health conditions 1.30-7pm, Malpas Library
  • Rhymetime, fun for all our regular rhyme timers, 2.15-2.45pm, Frodsham Library
  • I.T. buddy, basic IT support and Frodsham Medical Centre will also be available to show people how to set up on-line appointments, 2-5pm, Frodsham Library
  • Coffee Morning and Adult Crafts, pop in for refreshments, chat and crafts and make a mindfulness jar, 10am-12pm,  Ellesmere Port Library
  • Macmillan drop- in information session, affected by cancer? Visit the drop in for valuable health advice and information and support from their friendly team 10am-12pm, Ellesmere Port Library
  • Coffee morning pop in for refreshments, chat and chance to relax,  Macmillan and Healthwatch will also be joining us for a drop-in information session, 10am-12pm, Upton Library 
  • Health MOTs, drop-in Health advice session run by local pharmacy Rowlands, 11am-12pm, Sandiway Library
  • Rhymetime, drop in singing and rhymes session focusing on healthy eating, 11-11.30am, Sandiway Library
  • Babybounce, launch of our regular weekly session, 10.30am, Weaverham Library
  • Colouring club, launch of our  regular weekly sessions, 2-4.30pm, Weaverham Library
  • Citizens Advice, information drop-in session and volunteer recruitment,10am-12pm, Winsford Library
  • Healthwatch/Making space, drop in advice and support session and mindfulness colouring during our regular colouring club, 2-4pm, Wharton Library
  • Citizens Advice, information drop-in session and volunteer recruitment, 2-4pm Wharton Library
  • Macmillan drop- in information session, affected by cancer? Visit the drop in for valuable health advice and information and support from their friendly team, 2.30-3.30pm, Lache Library
  • Knit and natter, bring your own sewing, knitting or crochet and enjoy friendly chat and refreshments, 2.15-3.15pm, Lache Library
  • Storytime, a very active session of stories, exercise and games, 3.30-4pm, Sandiway Library
  • Scrabble Club, come and try out our new club which promotes mindfulness, 2-4pm, Little Sutton Library
  • Folded Book Art, drop into this adult craft session and make a hedgehog 10.30am-12pm, Hope Farm Library
  • Hungry Caterpillar storytime, 2.30-3pm, Hope Farm Library
  • Scrabble club, whether you’re a beginner or a Scrabble pro, test out your wordplay skills with Storyhouse’s
  • Scrabble Club, 10am, Chester Library at Storyhouse
  • Family history buddy, drop in for help with family history research. A Storyhouse volunteer can help you discover your family’s past. Free, friendly and informal. 10am, Chester Library at Storyhouse

Wednesday 30 January

  • Greenspace Ranger Walk, enjoy your lunchbreak and join a Marbury Park Ranger for a mindfulness walk around one of Northwich's greenspaces, 12.30-1.30pm, Northwich Library
  • Lego Digital Storytelling, engage every creative and imaginative brain cell that you own and  create your very own movie using Lego and our Digital Storytelling app, 3.30-4.30pm, Northwich Library
  • Wellbeing coffee morning, drop in and join us for a cuppa and a chat.  Healthwatch & Macmillan will also be on hand providing valuable health advice and information, 10am-12pm, Neston Library
  • Colouring club, feeling stressed? Want to relax? Come along to our colouring group and unwind, 2-3pm, Frodsham Library
  • Digital Club (7 - 11years), love all things digital?  Then Frodsham library's digital club is just for you!  Starting in Health and Wellbeing week the club will run for six weeks and will include digital storytelling, green screen apps, iMovies and augmented reality, 4-5pm, Frodsham Library
  • Scrabble Club, come and try out our new club which promotes mindfulness 10.30am-12pm, Helsby Library
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society, Information and support drop in session, 10am-12pm, Frodsham Library
  • Tablet and Smartphone session, got a new device for Christmas?  Not sure how to get started?  Then come and get help with your new tablet, iPad or smartphone at this drop in session, 2-4pm, Neston Library
  • Healthy Rhyme Time, fun for all our regular rhyme timers, 10am and 11am, Ellesmere Port Library
  • Citizens Advice, information drop-in session and volunteer recruitment,10am-12pm, Ellesmere Port Library
  • Local History get together - drop in session with the Press Clippers - find out about local and family history and what’s available in the library, 10-11am - Ellesmere Port Library
  • Scrabble Club, join this regular activity which promotes mindfulness, 10-11.30am, Great Boughton Library
  • Adult Mindfulness drop in session delivered by Healthbox in partnership with 'The Wellbeing High Street, 1-2pm, Ellesmere Port Library
  • Toddler Yoga session for 3-5 year olds, delivered by Healthbox in partnership with 'The Wellbeing High Street, book essential,  2.15-3pm, Ellesmere Port Library
  • Digital storytelling, have fun creating stories with stop motion studio, let your imagination take over, 3.30-4.30pm, Weaverham Library
  • Rhyme Time for the under 5’s, fun for all our regular rhyme timers, 10.15am and 11.15am, Chester Library at Storyhouse
  • English conversation, Providing conversation opportunities for speakers of all levels of English as a second language, 5.30pm, Chester Library at Storyhouse

Thursday 31 January

  • Baby Bounce, with extra bounce! Join our regular Baby Bounce session and get bouncing, 10.30am and 11.30am, Northwich Library
  • Scam Awareness, meet staff from NatWest at Barnton's Elevenses Group, find out how to stay safe when surfing online, 11am, Barnton Library
  • Storytime and Rhyemtime with a dental theme, with toothbrushes donated by the local dentist, 2.30-3pm, Barnton Library
  • Petty Pool café , enjoy refreshments from the Petty Pool college and unwind in the Library, 10am-12pm, Northwich Library
  • Craft and Chat, focus your mind on a craft and enjoy a good natter at the same time, 2-4pm, Northwich
  • Petty Pool café, light refreshments organised by the students from Petty Pool College, 10am-12pm, Northwich Library
  • Scam Awareness, meet staff from NatWest, with advice on being Scam Aware, when using the internet, 2-4pm, Sandiway Library
  • Textile Taster, learn a new skill at this textile workshop.  All materials provided.  Have a go at different textile techniques, including spinning, weaving, embroidery, crochet and knitting, booking necessary as spaces are limited, 2-4pm, Tarporley Library
  • Lego and Duplo club, drop-in building activities, 10am-12pm, Sandiway Library
  • Zest Fitness session, 30 minute Beachbody exercise taster followed by nutrition and healthy eating advice. Booking necessary as space is limited.  Please wear trainers and comfortable gym wear, 10.30-11.30am, Neston Library
  • Visually Impaired reading group, new members welcome to join this group which meets on the last Thursday of the month. We discuss a talking book we have previously listened to, 10.30-11.30am, Chester Library at Storyhouse 
  • Bump and Rhyme come and join our first rhymetime for expectant parents, 10.30am, Ellesmere Port Library
  • Hungry Caterpillar Storytime, story and craft, 2-3pm, Ellesmere Port Library
  • Simple Patchwork taster session, learn techniques to make a patchwork block all materials provided but booking essential, 2-3pm, Tarvin Library
  • Self-Care Zines, create a self-care zine to manage our own health and wellbeing, 11am-12pm, Lache Library
  • Digital Doctor coffee morning, make a one-on-one appointment and discuss your digital ailments. Bring your own device or use ours.  Macmillan Cancer Support will also be there, 10.30am-1pm, Blacon Library
  • Gentle Chair Yoga, session led by a qualified instructor, booking essential, 11-11.45am, Little Sutton Library
  • Knit and Natter, popular drop in crafting session, 2-4pm, Sandiway Library
  • Patchwork sewing taster, beginners' taster to simple patchwork techniques using hand sewn squares.  All resources provided.  Please book as spaces are limited, 2-3pm, Tarvin Library
  • Lego Club, Come and play!  Under 6s must be accompanied by an adult, 3.30-4.30pm, Great Boughton Library
  • Adult Board Games Club, join our weekly Board Games Club new members welcome, 2-4pm, Great Boughton Library
  • Tea Party for all ages , Woodlands School Choir will also be joining us for songs at 2pm,  2-4pm, Hope Farm Library

Friday 1 February

  • Motherwell, charitable organisation run by women for women who support mums at all stages of their motherhood journey, come along and have a chat during rhymetime, 11-11.30am, Weaverham Library
  • Pirate Toddlers Rhymetime, arrr pirates ahoy! Join us for a swashbuckling rhymetime, with a motley crew of pirates who’ll be singing sea shanties and having a rip roaring time. Dress up as your favourite pirate and prepare to sail away on the seven seas in search for treasure, 11.15am-12.15pm, Neston Library
  • IT buddy, informal one-to-one with basic IT issues, 5.30-6.30pm, Neston Library
  • On-line Basics, free basic IT tuition courses ranging from keyboard and mouse skills to internet and email and help with smartphones, tablets and iPads, 10am-12pm, Frodsham Library
  • Macmillan drop- in information and mindfulness session, affected by cancer? Visit the drop in for valuable health advice and information and support from their friendly team, 9.30am-1pm, Frodsham Library
  • Macmillan drop- in information and mindfulness session, affected by cancer? Visit the drop in for valuable health advice and information and support from their friendly team, 2-4.30pm, Helsby Library
  • Wellbeing coffee morning in partnership with Ableworld, 10am-12pm, Northwich Library
  • Come in, colour in, relax and focus your mind whilst colouring, 10am-12pm Northwich Library
  • Citizens Advice, information drop-in session and volunteer recruitment,10am-12pm, Northwich Library
  • Coffee and Conversation in the Café for the over 50s, 10-11am, Ellesmere Port Library
  • Lego club with added digital fun, using Lego create your own story and then watch it come to life with Stop Motion Studio, 3-4.30pm, Winsford Library
  • Knit 'n' Natter, come and join in the chat over a cup of tea and a biscuit. Oh yes, and some knitting, 10-11am, Great Boughton Library
  • Relish reading group, read a short story or poem as a group. Nothing to read in advance, 10-11am, Lache Library
  • Babybounce, extra active rhymes and singing session, 11-11.30am, Sandiway Library
  • Health Checks with Healthbox in partnership with the Wellbeing High street, 11am-1pm, Ellesmere Port Library
  • Crafting club, drop in session for crafting activities, 2.30-4pm, Sandiway Library
  • Children Crafts, Very Healthy Hungry Caterpillar - make a moving caterpillar and colour a hungry caterpillar food sheet, 3.30-4.30pm, Sandiway Library
  • Scrabble club,  join this regular activity which promotes mindfulness, 10am-12pm, Hope Farm Library
  • Rhymetime, fun for all our regular rhyme timers, 10.30-11am, Hope Farm Library
  • Digital buddies for the over 50’s, a user led opportunity to get online.  Work with college and university students to get help with what you need to know to get online, 10am, Chester Library at Storyhouse
  • Baby Rhymetime for the under 1’s, fun for all our regular rhyme timers, 10.15am and 11.15am, Chester Library at Storyhouse
  • Relish reading group, a sociable group to read and talk, 2pm, Chester Library at Storyhouse

Saturday 2 February

  • Marvellous Medicine Crafts with Weaver Hall Museum, Get involved with crafts from our Weaver Hall Museum partner at Northwich library, 10am-12pm, Northwich Library
  • Lego and Duplo club, drop-in building activities, 10am-12pm, Sandiway Library
  • Lego club, enjoy some mindfulness Lego building and see what you can create.  For all the family, 10-11,30am, Neston Library
  • Therapy dog, come and read to Gem the library therapy dog.  He's a great listener.  For all ages, 10.30-11.30am, Neston Library
  • Lego club, enjoy some mindfulness Lego building and see what you can create.  For all the family, 10am-12pm, Frodsham Library
  • Lego club, enjoy some mindfulness Lego building and see what you can create.  For all the family, 10am-12pm, Helsby Library
  • Lego club, enjoy some mindfulness Lego building and see what you can create.  For all the family, 10-11am, Ellesmere Port Library
  • Lego club, enjoy some mindfulness Lego building and see what you can create.  For all the family, 10.30-11am, Hope Farm Library
  • Polish storytime, 11am, Chester Library at Storyhouse
  • Free fun arts and crafts for children, 11am-3-pm,

Sunday 3 February 

  • Free fun arts and crafts for children, 11am-3-pm, Chester Library at Storyhouse
  • Chester Boardgamers, come along and play new and traditional board and table top games in an informal sociable setting. Everyone welcome, suitable for all abilities. Games provided but you are also welcome to bring your own, 4-8pm,  Chester Library at Storyhouse

 

Cheshire West Libraries have organised a series of events to coincide with the forthcoming centenary of the end of the First World War.

Wednesday 7 November

Northwich Library, 10am-12pm: First World War Centenary coffee morning

Northwich Library will be hosting a coffee morning with representatives from the local Royal British Legion coming along to provide information and chat to customers about the Centenary.

Saturday 10 November

Barnton Library, 10am-1pm: Drop-in “Memory Morning”

Community event for residents to share their war-time memories of Barnton and learn more about the village’s history.

Tuesday 13 November

Helsby Library, 2.30pm: Researching Your Ancestors with Owen Powell.

Learn how to undertake genealogical research to trace your family story including where to start; which websites to use; searching the archives and dating photographs. Tickets are £3 - available from Helsby Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Frodsham Library, 7pm: Home Service during the Great War

Millions of men and women were engaged in Home Service activities that were vital for the war effort. Join Owen Powell to find out more about this forgotten aspect of the Great War. Tickets are £3 - available from Frodsham Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Thursday 8 November

Lache Library, 5.30pm: The Home Front in Cheshire & Wirral towards the End of the First World War

Mike Royden will talk about the impact of the First World War on local communities in Wirral and Cheshire, not only on the men and women directly involved in the conflict but also on those at home and the effects of the War in the years after it ended. Tickets are £5 - available from Lache Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Friday 9 November

Neston Library, 5.30pm: The Home Front in Cheshire & Wirral towards the End of the First World War

Mike Royden will talk about the impact of the First World War on local communities in Wirral and Cheshire, not only on the men and women directly involved in the conflict but also on those at home and the effects of the War in the years after it ended. Tickets are £5 - available from Neston Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

There are also wonderful collections and displays in the following libraries:

Barnton Library - a collection of First World War memorabilia and related local history books is on display as well as an art display of poppies arranged and curated by Jackie Ormarod and the members of the library knitting group.

Helsby Library – a large display is available detailing how the war impacted on Helsby and details of the Helsby men who died in the First World War.

Neston Library - 'Great War - Neston Remembers' exhibition provided by Burton and Neston History Society is on display at Neston Library. The display illustrates how the war impacted on the everyday lives of Neston’s residents. As part of the exhibition there is a special collection about 170 individuals connected to Neston, who died in the First World War, diligently researched by Ian Norris. This is a unique and significant piece of work and will be of great interest to people from Neston and surrounding areas.

Northwich Library - A commemorative poppy display is in the entrance to the library, featuring a selection of books and a waterfall of poppies, all hand-made and created by the library craft group and other local community groups from Northwich town centre.

Sandiway Library - A commemorative book and photographic display relating to Sandiway community members involved in the First World War is available. The library is also decorated with poppy bunting designed and donated by the children and local craft groups who attend the library. A commemorative  Tommy figurine is also on display outside the library, by the Royal British Legion and the Parish Council.

Winsford Library – A display commemorating the Great War is on loan to the library from Crosshatch Gallery and Winsford History Society. Included are excerpts from Private Frederick Shaw’s Gallipoli campaigns diary (not originals); Private Shaw was based with the Royal Marine Light Infantry during the First World War and his name is inscribed on Winsford’s War Memorial.

Wharton, Weaverham and Great Boughton Libraries also have book displays themed around the First World War Centenary.

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